Bouchercon 47: The Anthony Awards

The Anthony is an award named for the critic and writer Anthony Boucher (August 21, 1911 to April 29, 1968). It is one of the most prestigious awards in the mysery field and is voted on by the attendees at the convention, this year including me, Nancy Gallt, and you, if you were there. (If not you can sign up for next year’s meeting in Toronto and get to cast your ballot.) The awards are given on Friday night, and in New Orleans began with a big parade from the convention hotel to the Orpheum theater. There were bands, stilt walkers, random people in very nice Mardi Gras type costumes as well as celebrated authors riding in decorated carts which some of us could not help but compare to modern tumbrels. Perhaps it was the expression on the faces of the passengers. The theater had at least two bars and passed hors d/oeuvres and desserts—all in all pretty swell. First Lee Child interviewed the Lifetime Achievement Guest of Honor David Morrell. Mr. Morrell has written many great books but seems to be doomed to be introduced as the Father of Rambo. If you only know Mr. Child from his books you might expect him to be Rambo-ish, but he has a quiet manner, and comes across as thoughtful and, dare I say it, kind. He is v. tall. After the interview, we had refreshments and then awards were announced. Here they are.

August 21, 1911 – April 29, 1968)[1]

BEST NOVEL
The Killing Kind by Chris Holm (Mulholland)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (William Morrow)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (William Morrow)

BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION WORK
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid (Grove Press)

BEST SHORT STORY
“The Little Men: A Bibliomystery” – Megan Abbott (MysteriousPress.com/Open Road)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Need – Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)

BEST ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTION
Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, Art Taylor, Editor (Down & Out)

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